Kevin Holland bids to make it six wins in a row when he fights Derek Brunson on March 20. He’s the odds-on favorite to win but it surely’s one of many hardest fights of his UFC profession.
With the continued pandemic affecting sport in 2020, you’d assume that it may need been a quiet time for Holland. It proved to be the precise reverse because the American had 5 fights final 12 months.
Not simply 5 fights, he gained all of them and equalled the UFC report for many wins in a calendar 12 months. His closing battle of the 12 months was at UFC 256 when beating Ronaldo “Jacaré “Souza in simply 105 seconds, his fifth win inside the gap in his final six fights.
Often called the Trailblazer, Holland 28, made his UFC debut at Dana White’s Contender Sequence 9 in June 2018 beating Will Santiago Jr. Two months later he misplaced to Thiago Santos at UFC 227. Three wins adopted that loss earlier than being crushed by Brendan Allen in October 2019.
He hasn’t appeared again since that defeat although. They are saying it’s a very long time between Could and December however in that point final 12 months, he gained 5 fights. Three of them gained him the efficiency of the evening, together with that fast KO of Souza.
His wins have taken him into the highest ten of the UFC middleweight rankings. He’s obtained some work to do to get a shot at champion Israel Adesanya. A win over seventh-ranked Derek Brunson will enhance his possibilities although.
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Derek Brunson is 9 years older than his opponent. He grew to become a professional MMA fighter in 2010, 5 years earlier than Holland. Brunson hung out in Strikeforce and gained 9 fights earlier than shedding to Kendall Grove 9 years in the past. That was a failed try and win the Shofight Middleweight title.
Brunson first fought within the UFC in 2012, making his debut at UFC 155. 2014 noticed him lose to Yoel Romero on a Struggle Evening invoice however did win the battle of the evening award. 5 wins adopted that defeat earlier than shedding to Robert Whittaker in November 2016, one other battle of the evening.
UFC 208 noticed him tackle the legendary Anderson Silva. He misplaced that one too however coms into this battle on a three-fight profitable streak. He didn’t have such a busy 2020 as his opponent on this bout. His one battle was in August and he’d been inactive for almost a 12 months.
Brunson didn’t dangle round lengthy in his battle towards Edmen Shahbrazyan, profitable it in simply 26 seconds. Will the dearth of battle time since August 2019 rely towards him when taking up Holland, it needs to be a robust chance. Holland is the rising star and one other loss for Brunson would rule out any likelihood of a title battle sooner or later.